We’ve all heard the terms organic, natural, fair-trade and eco friendly, but what about Wild-Harvest? Wild Harvest encompasses the above well known terms and much more. Basically, a product that has been Wild Harvested means it has been collected by hand from a ‘wild’ or unmanaged ecosystem. Similar to the way hunter-gatherers would forage for food in ancient times, Wild-Harvesting involves getting out into nature and picking native foods. For example, Ubatuba’s Kakadu Plum is Wild Harvested by Indigenous communities from remote coastal regions in Western and Northern Australia.
Wild Harvest encompasses all of the benefits we look for in food today. It is:
- Natural and organic – meaning we are satisfying our health concerns by avoiding harmful chemicals applied by conventional agriculture.
- It is ethical and fair trade – because Wild Harvested foods require the expert, traditional knowledge of Indigenous people to locate their ancient food sources.
- It is healthy and nutritious – because the fruits are grown in their natural state , allowing them to develop their higher order compounds such as Antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Wild-Harvest has made a resurgence in recent years due to increased awareness of the nutritional and culinary benefits of native foods. In terms of nutritional benefits, native foods grow in untouched environments where they have access to all essential ingredients needed develop true superfood qualities. Crystal clear water, clean air and rich soils. Some examples of Wild Harvested, native foods other than Kakadu Plum include the famous Acai berry from Brazil, Wild Harvested from the Amazon Rainforest and famous for its high levels of Antioxidants.
Wild harvesting of native foods such as Kakadu Plum and Acai is not only beneficial for our health but also socially. It is culturally, spiritually and ethically significant for Indigenous communities, creating work opportunities and access to traditional lands. Wild harvesting is also environmentally sustainable because it ensures the protection and care of native plants naturally established in that area.
If we look at the benefits of Wild Harvesting in comparison to organics, fair trade and conventional agriculture, it is clear to see Wild Harvesting as a leader. Healthier, fairer and more eco-friendly. These are the elements that put Wild Harvesting above the rest and are the reasons why Ubatuba 100% supports Wild Harvested, native foods.